A snow covered little town in the lap of the Himalayas, like a picture postcard on the backdrop of the majestic mountains. That is Kurseong for you. Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Kurseong is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country. While the name of the place means ‘land of white orchids’, you can rest assured that your eyes can spot many more colours of orchid along with other things. With its picture perfect landscape, curved roads lined with pine trees, and snowy mountains, Kurseong is the perfect place to spend your holidays in.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Kurseong is between the months of September and May. Try to avoid the monsoon season as it becomes difficult to move about properly. Roads also are often blocked in the monsoon.

When to visit

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Things to do

If you are planning a trip to Kurseong, there are more than a dozen different things that you can do. The place is packed full of beautiful sights to see and nook and corners to explore. Eagle’s Craig is a view point from where you can get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The place is quite popular amongst tourists. You can also go to Deer Park. The place is quite nearby and has a beautiful garden. Ambootia Shiv temple is the place to go to if you want to see people thronging to pray to their god. There are several monasteries in the area as well. Notable ones are the Buddhist Gompas in Downhill Road, and Monteviot Road. St. Paul’s Church near St. Joseph School is another spot of tourist attraction. The church sits at the top of a hill and is a popular destination. If you are interested in history you can go to the nearby NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose Museum. The museum houses important memorabilia, like letters written by Netaji and things used by him during his stay there. You can also take a peaceful walk down AranyaSarani and reach at Chimneys. It is a beautiful meadow and a popular picnic spot. The walk among the rhododendron trees is one that should not be missed.

Getting Around

The best way to get around in Kurseong is to have your own car. You can hire cars from the local car renting services. There are shared taxis also that ply in this area. Taxis however operate within a fixed route. You can also borrow cycles from the local people and explore the surrounding regions on them.

Places to Stay

Kurseong is one of the major tourist spots in the northern part of West Bengal. Thus, there are a number of hotels that can be found in this region. Depending on how much you want to spend on lodging, you can splurge by booking your rooms in a luxury hotel, or go light on your pocket by staying at a budget hotel. There are several paying guest situations as well. If you are interested in that, the local tourist bureau can help you find the right one.

Luxury hotels: (Rs.1500 - Rs.2500)

Cochrane Place:

It is amongst the best known hotels in the region. The hotel provides the guests with all the modern facilities. The hotel has specialty restaurants and round the clock business centre.

Amarjeet Hotel: 

It is quite popular amongst the tourists for the quality of service. The star hotel offers various amenities to its guests.

Mid-range hotels: (Rs.900 - Rs.1200)

Aastha Hotel and Restaurant:

It is a famous hotel in the region. The hotel is known for its clean compound and provides the guests with all the modern necessities.

Makaibari Tea Estate:

The hotel provides the guests with comfortable living. There are facilities for arranged trips to the nearby tourist spots.

Budget hotels: (Rs.500 - Rs.800)

Park Hotel and Restaurant:

The hotel offers the guests a home-like environment. There are facilities like transportation facilities.

Hill Top Hotel:

The hotel is known for having amiable staff and offering good service. There are several facilities that make the hotel a popular choice amongst tourists on a budget.

Megh Mala Hotel:

The hotel is quite a well-known one. It offers quality service and the latest amenities.

How to Reach

  • You can also go to the town of Kurseong by booking your seats on a plane. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From the airport, the distance to Kurseong is around 60 km. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.
  • The nearest rail station to Kurseong is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. Train fare to New Jalpaiguri should fall in the region between Rs.500 and Rs.2200 depending on which class you are travelling in. You can book your tickets from irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. From the station, buses and cabs can be taken to reach Kurseong. You can also take the toy train from New Jalpaiguri for a novelty experience. It takes around 5 hours to reach from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong. A cab ride from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong will cost approximately 800 to 100 INR.
  • Kurseong is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Kurseong from both these places. You will also get shared taxis and private cars. While private cars will cost you around Rs.1000, shared taxis ply for around Rs.80 per passenger. If you take the Pankabari Road from Siliguri, it will take you around 45 minutes to reach Kurseong.

Surrounding Attractions

There are a number of beautiful locations that you can visit in Kurseong. You can go to Down Hill. The place has several beautiful gardens, including the popular Deer park. There is also the Toy Train Station. It is one of the heritage locations there. You can also pay a visit to one of the numerous tea estates in the region. Bhangzang Salamander Lake is home to a number of salamanders, a member of the endangered species of reptiles. Also, you may consider visiting the nearby hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalingpong which have been drawing visitors from all over the world for their unparallel scenic beauty. A cab ride to either of these destinations will fall between 800 to 1500 INR

Important Numbers

Police: 2443226

Mariam Nursing Home, Darjeeling: +91 354 2254637

Tourist Bureau: 222488271/222488272